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Paradigm Paradigm: theoretical approach that includes one or more theories sharing philosophical assumptions Paradigms are neither right or wrong, a way of looking/understanding, a lense.
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Economic Structuralism Karl Marx: (1818-1883) economy is the “infrastructure” (foundation), everything else is “superstructure Class-based analysis: Bourgeoisie vs. Proletariat Hegel: dialectical materialism Bourgeoisie use religion and nationalism to blind workers to their class interests
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Marx, continued “surplus value” rich get richer, poor get poorer Marx/Lenin on colonialism “Economic Structuralism” is highly normative: sees economic accumulation as creating poverty and political inequality Dependency theory
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Was Marx right? So, what if you held a revolution and no one came?
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Lenin
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Unformatted text preview: Imperialism, the final stage of capitalism Constructivism Focus is on purpose (goals) Purpose is often shaped by interests identities norms Interests Rational actor models: interests+abilities+constraints= action Identities Multiple identities, change over time and issue Identities help shape perception of interests Identities determine reference groups for norms/values Post-modernism: the politics of identity Norms Norms: shared rules, principles that influence behavior and shape expectations of other actors behavior Where do norms come from? How do we learn them? How are they enforced? Interests vs. Culture Debate in contemporary Political Science Does culture matter? Interests are culturally defined...
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